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Monday, 3 June 2013
Page: 5026

Tourism Australia

(Question No. 1457)

Mr Baldwin asked the Minister for Tourism, in writing, on 20 March 2013:

In respect of Tourism Australia's corporate cost savings measures, in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, and (d) 2012-13 (to date), (i) what number was implemented, (ii) was each measure ongoing or non-ongoing, (iii) what sum did each measure save, and (iv) what was the total cost of the measures.

Mr Gray: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) to (c) Tourism Australia had no formal budget savings measures in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

(d) (i) In 2012-13 Tourism Australia reduced support costs through four measures:

(1) Reduction in contractors and consultants costs

   (ii) Ongoing

   (iii) Over $1 million in savings are forecast in 2012-13.

   (iv) Nil cost to implement

(2) Implementation of reduced budgets and tighter restrictions on staff travel

   (ii) Ongoing

   (iii) Tourism Australia reduced its staff travel budget by 21% or $722,000 for 2012-13.

   (iv) Nil cost to implement

(3) Implementation of a managed print service for onsite printing minimising costs for paper, toners and equipment.

   (ii) Ongoing

   (iii) $100,000 to date (at 20 March 2013.

   (iv) Nil cost to implement